Excellence in Nonfiction 2019

Excellence in Nonfiction

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).

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Author: Don Brown
2019 Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner

Unwanted by their own country, unwanted by other countries, Syria’s refugees are between a rock and a hard place. Staying in Syria is far too dangerous – violence is constant and pervasive. Leaving Syria is fraught with peril - crossing the desert, falling victim to con artist smugglers, and fatal journeys by boat.

Author: Elizabeth Partridge
2019 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

A chronological account of the Vietnam War as experienced at home and in the field, from a wide variety of perspectives.  Stories of eight young soldiers are highlighted by means of personal interviews and thoughtfully chosen photographs.

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Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
2019 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

A raw graphic memoir, author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka depicts his complex upbringing - including a search for his father, difficult interactions with his heroin-addicted mother, and day-to-day life with his grandparents. Illustrations–ample in gray, burnt orange, and earth tones–conjure the feeling of vague memories.

Author: Sonia Sotomayor
2019 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

A portrait of determination and strength, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor describes her rise from a trying childhood in the South Bronx.  Offering full credit to those who helped along the way, this beloved Justice offers gentle advice for young readers.

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Author: John Hendrix
2019 Excellence in Nonfiction - Honor

A true and gripping spy story, this graphic biography describes pivotal moments in the career of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose religious faith led him to devote his life to the German Resistance to Hitler. Visual metaphors in the powerful illustrations convey the looming danger.